Ave Maria, FL—North Greenville Football extended its win streak to there games on Saturday afternoon with a 49-13 win over Ave Maria University.
Nelson Hughes hooked up with Demajiay Rooks less than three minutes in to give NGU a very quick 7-0 lead following the extra point. It was Rooks' first touchdown as a Crusader and one of three passing TD's on the day for Hughes.
Ave Maria would march down the field on the ensuing possession to even the score at 7-7. The Gyrenes put together a 17-play 97-yard drive, which was capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Zimmer to Kreichman to even the tally. The drive knocked off seven minutes and 59 seconds off the clock.
North Greenville's defense would keep the Ave Maria offense in check for the rest of the game, holding the Gyrenes to 263 total yards. The "Black Swarm" lived up to its name, racking up four sacks and 10 total tackles for loss. Caleb Adkins and Shaquan Burney led the charge with two tackles in the backfield. NGU's pass defense was also stellar, intercepting three passes. The Gyrenes would score their only other touchdown with 12:24 left in the fourth quarter.
The momentum changed quickly on the Ave Maria kickoff, as Demajiay Rooks would find pay dirt for the second time in the quarter. This time Rooks returned a kickoff 78-yards for a touchdown as he finished the game with 110 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.
Trey Walker would take responsibility for NGU's next score as he crossed the goalline with 13:32 left in the half. Walker's only touchdown of the day ended a 4 -play drive, capitalizing on Eddie Studyvance's first career interception, which ended Ave Maria's previous drive. The touchdown extended North Greenville's lead to 21-7. It was also NGU's only rushing score of the day.
Mason Sanders and Hughes would hook up for two touchdowns in two of NGU's final three drives of the first half. The first, a 14-yarder would be exclamation point on a four-play, 63-yard excursion. A 41-yard reception by Robbie Brown would set up the quick strike, which gave the Crusaders a 28-7 lead. Jeremy Massey would set up North Greenville's final score with his first career interception, which he returned to the AVU 30 yard line. Sanders and Hughes would hook up once more in to extend the lead to 35-17.
The NGU offense scored twice more in the second half, as Robbie Brown extended his touchdown streak to three games with a 13-yard touchdown reception while Mason Sanders scored once more for his third touchdown of the day. Will Hunter and Michael Calabro accounted for their first career touchdown passes while NGU extended the lead to five scores.
Mason Sanders would lead all receivers with three touchdowns while Robbie Brown finished with 64-yards and one score. Trey Walker finished with 11 rushes for 90-yards while Shakeem Wharton had a career high 74-yards on 15 carries. Hughes finished with 111 passing yards and three touchdowns. NGU finished with 429 total yards as a unit.
Josh Harlan and Mason Hodge led the defense with seven tackles while Nigel Gay, Eddie Studyvance, and Jeremy Massey each picked off an Ave Maria pass. Anthony Blair, Shaquan Burney, Caleb Adkins, and Darius Custard all recorded sacks, setting a new season high for sacks in a game.
North Greenville improved to 4-2 on the season after Saturday's lopsided win. The Crusaders will return home for the first time in two weeks to take on Tusculum College in a 2:30 pm showdown in Tigerville on October 17th.